Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senators Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) and Jacky Rosen (D-Nev.) announced that the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), through the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), will make awards of $355,276 to four organizations to support workforce programs that increase telehealth capabilities in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
“At a time when it’s imperative for Nevadans to socially distance as much as possible in order to remain safe, we’re glad to see expanded options for telehealth,” said the Senators. “These funds will go to train health care workers to provide the best care possible remotely.”
Senators Cortez Masto and Rosen voted to make these funds available through the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act. HRSA made awards to organizations based on their capacity to implement COVID-19 telehealth activities that train high demand professions across the health care team.
These investments will train students, physicians, nurses, physician assistants, allied health and other high-demand professionals in telehealth. This will enable these professionals to maximize telehealth for COVID-19 referrals for screening and testing, case management, outpatient care, and other essential care during the crisis. Additionally, through increased telehealth capabilities from this funding, organizations will be able to maintain primary care services when clinics and medical facilities are not available, especially for COVID-19 positive, quarantined, elderly, and other vulnerable populations.
The awards will be disbursed as follows:
- $95,455 to the Board of Regents of the University of Nevada, Reno
- $90,625 to the Board of Regents of the Nevada System of Higher Education in Las Vegas
- $90,625 to the Nevada System of Higher Education in Reno
- $78,571 to the Roseman University of Health Sciences in Henderson